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. the strike cost the u.s. an estimate $1 billion a day. >>> typhoon bopha tearing up the philippines. it's triggering flooding, landslides in the southern part of the country. at least 77 people have been killed. dozens of buildings there are destroyed and the death toll is expected to climb higher. officials in the philippines fear typhoon bopha could be just as devastating as a storm that killed over 1,200 people in the region. that was just last year. >> here in the united states, we're getting our own helping of bad weather. karen mcginnis joins us live from atlanta. good morning. >> good morning, christine. we've seen four storms in just about a week. they have pumped in that moisture across the west coast. what now has been the pineapple express, this long fetch of moisture aimed at the west coast, in some cases produced as much as two feet of rainfall. and now we're looking at more of a northerly component that's moving in here. but still a number of rivers across portions of oregon and into california, they are looking at readings that will be, all right, it looks like we have a
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currency and commodity trading they're going to end early. in japan, indonesia, the philippines, they were all closed in europe. only the uk, french, dutch and spanish stock markets are open and they're going to be closing early. there are now only five trading sessions left in 2012. get your act together. stocks and bonds, solid gains so far this year. the dow has advanced 8% in total. the s&p 500 up almost 14%. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. it's been a good year. the end of the year also means we are just days away from the fiscal cliff, however, and that's the bad news. and looming tax hikes, spending cuts, all of that. both sides warning a very big deal becoming a bit more unlikely. >> and my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. and he has put himself with plan b and sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right goes to go along with him. and he and the president were going to say we're going to pass a deal with the majority of republicans and the majority of democrats in the
rescued a florida man on a disabled yacht. he and three others were towing the yacht from the philippines when the tow rope broke. >>> a senator from idaho is apologizing this morning after he was arrested over the weekend for driving drunk. mike crapo has said previously he does not drink. >>> there's no evidence this morning we don't feel good about the economy. a new abc news/"washington post" poll finds that three-quarters of americans say we're in a recession. half are optimistic about the new year, but that's the least in a decade. >>> santa is ready to leave the secret workshop location in the north pole. there are two places two track him online. norad and for the first time, google. >>> finally, a police officer is being called a hero this morning after rescuing a drowning woman. he did it under the absolute worst conditions an against all odds. it takes protect and stoerve a whole new level. this cell phone video shows boston police officer edward norton jumping into frigid waters to rescue a drowning woman. he was weighed down by his bullet-proof vest but says, he didn't think
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